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  • 7/29/2010

Obese moms risk lactation delay

First-time mothers who are overweight or older than 30 are more likely to experience a delay in their full breast-milk production, a new study finds.

Colostrum, a precursor to breast milk, is commonly secreted after labor until the full breast milk is produced. Delayed lactogenesis or a deferred full milk production is a common concern among new mothers.

The condition, however, not only frustrates the mothers discouraging them from breastfeeding their newborn but also places the infants at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated and of losing excess weight.

According to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, first-time mothers who are older than 30, overweight or obese are at a greater risk of experiencing delayed lactogenesis.

The condition is also less frequently reported in women who managed to breastfeed their newborn frequently at least every two hours on the first 24 hours after labor.

Having mild nipple soreness in the first few days after giving birth was also an accurate indicator of more effective early breastfeeding, the study found.

Scientists urged mothers experiencing any delay in full milk production to continue breastfeeding, stressing that the condition is temporary and often resolves spontaneously within a week.

Seeking advice from a pediatrician or "lactation consultant" has shown promising results in overcoming the problem.

Source: presstv.ir

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